Sweet Potatoes

Did you know that sweet potatoes have trumpet-shaped flowers? Absolutely perfect for the long, straw-like mouth-beaks of the mighty hummingbird


Though hummingbirds are quick and evasive little creatures, I managed to see one on an early spring morning have a good ole time in the raspberry patch. This is in year 4 of this particular food forest, mind you, so I’m wondering if the late start to the season and the lateness of the raspberry flowers is what put them into the path of the hummingbird.

It would probably be a good idea to plant June-bearing raspberry varieties along with everbearing or spring and fall-bearing varieties to hedge your bet, develop your raspberry collection, increase pollination, and swim in an abundance of fresh fruit.

Pineapple Sage

The leafy groundcover with its delicious pineapple scent that can be used to make healthy teas? Oh yeah, the hummingbirds love that. The red flowers are bright and beautiful and serve well to attract hummingbirds to this easy to grow tender perennial. In order to properly naturalize the pineapple sage in a permaculture-y, cottagecore way, you’ll need to zone push it by adding some evergreens to support it or by using other zone pushing methods such as adding a duck or fish pond.


When you need to fill in those shady spots with a tough perennial that helps to feed and support wildlife, hostas are going to do the job and do it beautifully. Because hostas come in so many varieties, adding a collection of them will not only make your food forest more aesthetically pleasing, but feed more hummingbirds, among other, less savory pollinators.

Not all hosta flowers are created equal when it comes to having the power to attract the lovely hummingbird, you’ll still want to aim for more sweetly scented hostas to feed as many hummingbirds as possible.

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